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This startling statistic recently popped up on social media, triggering concern. Is it accurate? We checked. The post No evidence that 40% of medicines sold in Africa are fake appeared first on Africa Check.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to give his 2020 state of the nation address this evening. This report looks back at key claims since 2016 and the government’s progress to date. The post South Africa’s state of the nation address: 2016 to 2019 in review appeared first on Africa Check.

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Many young people in Nigeria have no work. But are as many as seven in every ten unemployed, as a former central bank executive claimed? The post Is youth unemployment in Nigeria ‘almost getting to 70%’? appeared first on Africa Check.

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A Facebook claims 4,000 of the more than 192,000 members of South Africa’s police are convicted criminals. But the real picture is more complex than that. The post Are over 4,000 officers convicted criminals? South African police ‘still checking’ appeared first on Africa Check.

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Launching the construction of a new treatment centre in northern Nigeria, vice president Yemi Osinbajo made three claims about the toll of cancer in the country. The post Nigeria’s ‘major’ cancer problem: did vice president Osinbajo get his facts straight?  appeared first on Africa Check.

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The embattled South African power utility makes lofty claims about how much of the country’s and the continent’s electricity it produces. But not all these figures check out. The post No, Eskom doesn’t generate 45% of electricity used in Africa appeared first on Africa Check.

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Stroke is the most common medical emergency in most hospitals in Nigeria, a national newspaper claimed. Is this the case? The post Campaigner in hit and miss with facts about Nigeria’s stroke burden appeared first on Africa Check.

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It’s the kind of claim that deserves a double-take. Do a quarter of the women in Africa really suffer from depression?  The post Do one in four women in Africa suffer from depression? We checked appeared first on Africa Check.

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It’s the kind of claim that deserves a double-take. Do a quarter of the women in Africa really suffer from depression?  The post Does 1 in 4 women in Africa suffer from depression? We checked appeared first on Africa Check.

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This year, Africa Check’s Nigeria office seemed to face more false claims than there are hours in the day. And the most worrying of these were about health. The post Nigeria: 10 big health-related claims we fact-checked in 2019 – and why appeared first on Africa Check.

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Ethiopia’s economic growth rate is the highest in the world, an analyst has claimed, giving it the potential to become a powerhouse of East Africa. We looked at the data. The post Yes, Ethiopia ‘the fastest growing economy globally’ – but it’s all in the details appeared first on Africa Check.

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Were 800,000 cows from northern Nigeria “poisoned” with the cowpox virus in 2019? Is cowpox life-threatening, and can you get it from eating beef – or even from living cows? We debunk a scary Facebook post.

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Nigeria has at least 170 universities, with the oldest set up in 1948. But few have been led by women, now or in the past. The post More than 15 female vice-chancellors have led Nigerian universities, but higher education still a man’s world appeared first on Africa Check.

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Kenyatta’s claims about funding to coastal counties and Kenyan life expectancy are largely supported by the available data. But the evidence isn’t as compelling for the president’s other claims. The post Fact-checked: 5 claims by Kenyan President Kenyatta in national day speech appeared first on Africa Check.

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The South African government is making headway in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with clean energy’s share of the country’s power mix on the rise. It’s grown from zero to over 8% since 2010.

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A campaign by South African non-profit Aware.org has claimed half the people who start drinking before they’re 18 develop alcohol dependence – what’s known as “alcoholism”. But no research supports this alarming figure.

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With South African Airways under pressure from an ongoing strike, a graphic circulating online compares the carrier’s staff and plane numbers to two other national airlines. Are its claims about SAA correct? The post South African Airways does not employ 55,500 people appeared first on Africa Check.

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